Our Team

Coastal Music Studios is proud to have a team of working music professionals who excel in teaching and coaching our students.


Pam Allen | Piano & Education Director

Pam Allen

An educator at heart, Miss Pam is our lead instructor here at Coastal Music Studios. With a Bachelors in Music Education and over 40 years experience teaching music, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better music teacher.

Along with 15+ years of professional touring experience, Pam is also a published songwriter, accomplished classical pianist, orchestral & choral conductor, arranger, recording artist, humanitarian, Mom to 5 kids and Gramama to 2 grandkids.

As owner of Coastal Music Studios, Pam now has the opportunity to pour all of her passions into one beautiful endeavor. Living near the beach along with combining her love for music and teaching and people into one space is beyond fulfilling…it’s a a dream come true.


Andy Allen | Band Coach & Event Production

Andy Allen

Andy toured extensively as an Indie Recording Artist and Songwriter for more than 20 years. He recorded 3 albums, traveled internationally, worked as a producer, studio-session singer, in Artist Development, Performance Coaching and serves as a World Vision Artist Associate. While Andy has spent most of his career as a performing artist, his work has increasingly led towards building into other artists and musicians.

Starting Coastal Music Studios with his wife, Pam, has been the perfect opportunity to help inspire the next generation of musicians and creatives. Andy continues to write, record and perform in addition to running Coastal Music Studios.


Mr. David | Drums, Guitar, Bass & Ukulele

Mr. David

You ever meet one of those people who is just so ridiculously talented that it just doesn’t seem fair to the rest of us mere mortal types? Yeah, that’s Mr. David.

David plays guitar, drums, bass, piano, ukulele, sings and to top it off is a recording engineer….so there’s that! We haven’t asked…but he could probably play the spoons and juice-harp if given the chance.

He started playing guitar at age 11, drums at 13 and then recording/producing at 14. He holds an Audio Engineering degree though the Recording Connection Audio Institute and has been involved as an artist with 6 different groups/solo-acts releasing 15 projects between them all.

Oh…and he’s performed all over SoCal. You know, places like The House of Blues, Soma, Epicenter, Chain Reaction & The Jumping Turtle to name a few. He’s also got range stylistically…from Indie-Rock & Pop to Church/Worship to Electronic/House & Experimental.

And if all that doesn’t get your “wow-meter’ rockin’….he’s also a super awesome guy and an incredible teacher. We’re stoked he’s chosen to be a part of Team Coastal and hope you get the chance to study with such a talented artist.


Mr. Ethan | Guitar, Bass & Ukulele

Mr. Ethan

When a friend referred us to Mr. Ethan…he described him affectionately as “Shreddy Murphy”. An apt description of the incredibly fast and accurate playing he’s known for…a player’s player for sure!

Mr. Ethan is a virtuosic guitarist with a crazy-awesome ability to share his love of music in lessons with his students. He plays everything from Rock to Jazz and Funk to Prog Rock and Metal & Blues…and he composes…writing and recording incredible music as well.

He took years of guitar lessons while growing up and then through college he studied Music Technology & Business at MiraCosta College, then Ethnomusicology at UCLA…and while we don’t even know what exactly that big word means…we’re sure it means Mr. Ethan is super-smart while being a ridiculously talented guitarist and musician.

We’ve also learned that Mr. Ethan likes to go fast…not just on the guitar…but on his mountain bike adventures too. There are so many deep and meaningful pieces to the whole that makes him the wonderful human we know and love.

Joining students on their musical journey is not only a passion, but a gift that we know Mr. Ethan’s students love and appreciate each and every week they have the privilege of jumping in a lesson with him.


Miss Mia | Voice

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We love getting to know people who are not only passionate about music…but also have a sincere love for people and the arts…enter Miss Mia!

A BA in Theatre Arts from UCSD and many years of experience as a Vocal Coach, Acting/Improv Teacher, Singer/Performer/Actress, Voice Actor and Audio Book Narrator…give Miss Mia a unique perspective to build into the voice of each student. She also continues to perform locally with a Blue’s Band and with a Dikensian Caroling Troupe during the Christmas Holiday Season.

Miss Mia always has a smile and heartfelt greeting for everyone she meets…and a keen sense of helping each of her students find their individual voice and passion for singing. Her background and personality are a perfect match for her students here at Coastal Music.

She also loves all dogs…but especially her own pooch…and of course her cool husband, Ben. When you’re ready to sing…come get to know Miss Mia!


Mr. Aram | Drums

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A lot of people say they grew up playing music…but we’re pretty sure that Mr. Aram’s childhood couldn’t contain the music he had inside…and that the music kind of grew out of him.

Passionate…driven…full of life…dare we say, effervescent?! There’s just nobody quite like Mr. Aram and yet there are not many who also have as big a heart as this guy does. He lives and breathes drums and music and performing!!

He graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Music, Performance (Jazz Studies – Drum-set)…and to say he loves Jazz is pretty much an understatement on a grand stage. Mr. Aram will teach you everything you’ll want to know about Jazz Drummin’…but he’ll also help you reach your musical goals in any genre as a drummer…he’s just that good!

Mr. Aram took drum lessons from a teacher who really changed the course of his life as a kid…and he loves that it’s now his turn to share the joy of playing and love for good music with each and every student he works with.

And now there’s gonna be another one of him in the world…Mr. Aram and his lovely wife Morgan are expecting a Mini-Mr-Aram in the late Summer of 2024. 

If you have any interest in playing drums…Do.Not.Miss.Your.Chance to take lessons with Mr. Aram!


Miss Marie | Piano

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Mr. John | Guitar, Bass & Ukulele

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Miss Caylie | Voice

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Mr. Caleb | Piano

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Admin Team

Mr. Chris | Studio Manager


Substitute Teaching Team

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Mr. Randy | Guitar


NOTE | Our team of music professionals are not just highly qualified musicians and educators, we vet every instructor and run extensive criminal history and background checks on everyone working in our studio.

Your child’s safety is our #1 priority!